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toddler shot. this morning we are working to answer many questions about what appears to be a terrible accident. crime crackdown. this morning new numbers appear to show metro is getting safer. and struck down. while you slept, the longstanding don't ask, don't tell policy became history. good morning. thanks for joining us for "news 4 today." i'm eun yang. >> good morning to you. i'm joe krebs. let's take a live look outside. got a few clouds above us now. we've got quite a few clouds and some rain, tom says. 64 degrees. >> say it ain't so. >> say it ain't so, tom. >> thankfully, though, not this time the terrible flooding rains we had from lee or irene. unfortunately, we are going to be getting more rain today. grab your umbrella before you head out to work and school. we are getting more moderate rain. you see the darker greens and yellows. that's in west virginia, western maryland, and the southern shenandoah valley.
closer to washington, just getting a few sprinkles in montgomery county, loudoun county, and howard county. farther to the west, though, the rains coming down just slightly now northern fauquier into the shenandoah valley. there is more moderate rain now in far western frederick county maryland in berkeley and jefferson county, west virginia, and washington county, maryland. temperatures where the rain is coming down steadily upper 50s to low 60s. 65 now at reagan national. southern maryland and around the bay and eastern shore, temperatures there mid and upper 60s. sunrise 6:54. yes, we'll need an umbrella this morning through early afternoon. passing showers are likely. then after that, we should dry out this afternoon. maybe a little sunshine breaking out by late afternoon. highs mid-70s. a look at the evening planner in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? we have breaking news coming out of clinton, maryland, right now. this is the scene. chopper 4 is live over temple hills road, where we have downed power lines.
this is at the intersection of kirby road. you can see crews are working right now to restore and get those live wires off of the roadway. and i will be tracking this for you all morning. again, this is in clinton, maryland. and both your lanes are blocked in both directions on temple hills road. let's shoot over to 270. there i'm seeing significant congestion heading out of urbanna. you're jammed as you make your way towards clarksburg. once you get to clarksburg, you're going to see a little bit of relief until you get to shady grove. it starts getting pretty busy again as you head towards the spur. the good news is so far no accidents to report in this area. traveling 95, getting very busy heading out of dale city, making your way towards the occoquan, seeing a lot of traffic in that area. no accidents on 95. and continuing to 395, no problems for you. eun, back to you. >> danella, thanks so much. a 2-year-old maryland boy is dead, and it appears he shot himself. the shooting happened around 8:00 last night on the 6200
block of oxon hill road last night. tra tracy wil -- tracee wilkins joins us with more on the investigation. >> reporter: prince george's county police are still trying to figure out exactly what happened inside of that apartment. according to their preliminary investigations, it does appear this toddler may have shot himself. prince george's county police say they received a 911 call just before 8:00 p.m. reporting that a 2-year-old child had shot himself in the head. when they arrived to the riverside apartments here in oxon hill, they found that boy in a room with a gun. he was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries. police say the child was not in the apartment alone. there was an adult present. but he was in the room with the gun alone. that would be a part of the next phase of this investigation. >> investigators need to determine, one, whose gun it is and why it was in the house.
that's going to play a big part in where they proceed from there. and what the supervisor was doing at the time, whether the guardian was negligent in letting the child alone in the room. >> reporter: reporter es went o to ask the police officer if it's possible for a 2-year-old to pull a trigger on his own. the officer said, baseded on his experience, it's very likely depending on the gun and the condition of the gun. tracee wilkins live this morning in oxon hill. back to you all in the studio. >> thank you, tracee. in virginia police are investigating the shooting of an 11-year-old boy hit by a bullet that came through his bedroom wall. it happened sunday morning at a house on burlington drive in spotsylvania. officers responded to a report of a drive by shooting and found three bullet holes. the boy was shot in the side and is in stable condition. police have not made any arrests. new from overnight, a car crash appears to be to blame for knocking out the light for more
than 1,000 pepco customers. this happened on suitland parkway. there's no word on the condition of the driver right now. in less than an hour, the polls will open in prince george's county. a special election takes place today to fill the seat vacated by councilwoman leslie johnson. johnson pled guilty in june to destroying evidence related to the federal corruption investigation involving her husband, former county executive jack johnson. she could receive more than a year in prison at her sentencing next month. 15 candidates are on the ballot. polls open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 8:00 tonight. today the d.c. council returns from its summer recess. already one council member is creating a bit of a stir by proposing a big increase in council members' salaries. at large council member vincent orange will propose a $45,000 hike in the council salary. he's also proposing the council position become full-time and that members would have to give up any outside work. he also wants a term limit of two consecutive terms.
it's part of an effort to clean up the council's image. five members of the d.c. council are currently facing ethics questions. also on today's agenda, a vote to raise taxes on the city's wealthiest residents. according to "the washington post," council members will make a new top bracket for wage earners with a taxable income of at least $350,000 annually. the new top tax bracket would become 8.95%. if it passes, the new rate would go into effect immediately. today president obama is in new york for a two-day meeting of the united nations general assembly. the meetings come just a day after the president called for a new tax plan to pay for his jobs bill. the white house will now focus on issues in the middle east. the president is expected to praise the international cooperation that helped lead to the end of moammar gadhafi's role in libya. that will likely be overshadowed by a push by palestinian leaders to gain u.n. recognition as a state, something that could threaten israeli-palestinian
peace talks. new today gays and lesbians can openly enlist and serve in the united states military for the first time in history. after months of preparations, the repeal of don't ask, don't tell took place overnight. the policy officially ended at 12:01 this morning. to celebrate, gay rights activists gathered in northwest washington for a new year's eve style countdown. meanwhile, one u.s. navy officer lieutenant gary ross celebrated by marrying his longtime partner in vermont at midnight. ross says he plans to have a full career in the military. >> it is now 6:07. 64 degrees. labored breathing ]
time for weather and traffic on this tuesday morning. good morning, i'm meteorologist tom kierein. right now the moving color on radar, that's rain. it is advancing southwest to northeast. it should be getting closer to washington perhaps another hour or so. right now just some sprinkles in montgomery, loudoun, and frederick county, maryland, and virginia, and the shenandoah valley and around the blue ridge. somewhat more moderate rain, frederick county into washington county. temperatures there, where they're getting the steadier rain, near 60. closer to washington in the mid-60s. 65 at reagan national. sunrise at 6:54. we'll have a few passing showers this morning all the way into early afternoon. then midafternoon as we reach the mid-70s. we'll have that rain ending and maybe a little sunshine breaking out midafternoon and into early this evening. partly cloudy after that. we'll be in the upper 60s by midnight. then looks like more rain possible. we'll look at that and the rest
of the weekend in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? we have breaking news coming out of clinton, maryland. chopper 4 is live on the scene. this is temple hills road and kirby road. we have live wires. a dump truck hit a utility pole, and now the crews are working to restore not only the pole here, but they're also trying to restore power in some of the households in clinton, maryland. they're expecting it to take around until 8:00 a.m. all of your lanes are blocked again. this is temple hills road at kirby road at the intersection there. we'll be tracking this for you all morning while crews are working. shooting over to new york avenue, getting a little bit busy on new york avenue, making your way from the washington times plant and heading on to bladensburg, i am seeing volume increase just a bit. and also seeing volume at the inner loop of the beltway at university boulevard getting a little heavy as you make your way towards georgia avenue. back to you both. 6:12 now. 64 degrees. millions of
welcome back at 6:16. a new report out this morning shows that crime on the metro system is declining. in the first half of 2011, violent crimes are down 10% compared to last year. crimes including assault, robbery, larceny, and auto theft are at their lowest levels since 2009. one of the biggest decreases has been in thefts from vehicles. there were 93 cases between april and june last year and only 30 cases in the same time frame this year. the report also designated the top five stations for crime. topping the list, suitland and deanwood, which each had 30 crimes committed from april to
june. gallery place was a close second with 29 crimes reported. largo town center and l'enfant plaza came in third and fourth. and the minnesota avenue metro station rounded out the top five. a very disturbing trend. new statistics show the number of rapes reported in d.c. spiked nearly 25% last year. it's the largest increase in the country. fbi statistics say 187 forceable rapes were reported in the district in 2010. that's up from 150 in twip. overall, the number of reported forceable rapes actually went down 75% last year. the number of reported rapes rose 6.1% in maryland. in virginia they dropped 2.5%. the fbi says that violent crime overall, including homicides, rapes, and robberies, were down in both maryland and virginia. new from overnight, a body found outside san francisco over the weekend has been identified as a missing california nursing student. 26-year-old michelle lee
disappeared in may while taking a break from nursing classes. on saturday family and volunteers looking for lee found a badly decomposed body on a dirt trail. investigators have not been able to determine how lee died. a former friend of lee's is charged with her murder. the notorious siblings who led place on a nationwide man hunt will be in court today. lee grace dougherty and her broad dylan and ryan will face charges for a cross-country crime spree that began in florida and ended on a police chase in colorado. they're accused of rob a bank in georgia and firing shots at police in florida and colorado. a group of christian and muslim leaders from the u.s. says the release of two american hikers is imminent. however, one of the judges needed to make it happen did not show up in court this morning. shane bauer and josh fattal have been held in iran for more than two years accused of being spies. the group of religious leaders who came back from iran had
hoped to bring the two men home since palestinian president -- iranian president ahmadinejad said he was working to have them released. a new study shows that millions of kids in this country are being misdiagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and that the problem really may be as simple as a lack of sleep. researchers at the new england center for pediatric psychology say that many problems with focus and attention during the day may be caused by poor sleep hats. doctors suggest adjusting children's bedtimes and teaching them how to stay in their own beds at night. in the study of 700 children, those who did not sleep in their own beds had had adhd problems seven times more frequently than
those who slept in their own beds. caps fans, it's time to rock the red. the caps will play tonight in baltimore. this is no battle of the beltways. the nashville predators are coming to down for what is being dubbed the baltimore hockey class. they'll play at first mariner arena at 7:00. the fan base has grown exponentially in baltimore over the past years, and they may consider making the event an annual event. the game is expected to be sould out. go caps. the redskins won't have to face one of the best quarterbacks in the league when they face dallas next monday. tony romo left the field after the third play in the game. doctors discovered it was a fractured rib. they discovered he also, in addition to the fractured rib, he had a punctured lung. amazingly, romo came back in the game and led the cowboys to victory. how did he do that? cowboys officials say it's possible romo could play against the skins. he would have to wear extra
protection around his ribs. i would suggest he wears an entire suit of armor. that is very painful. >> or just sit out. i know they want to win, but a punctured lung? >> he has the whole rest the season and career to think about. i would suggest sitting down and just forfeit this game. this morning nasa has released amazing video recorded from the international space station's window on the world. >> the video shows the southern lights over eastern australia september 11th. it's the result of charged particles from the sun interacting with earth's magnetic field. these aurora's are generally visible close to the north and south poles. the colors vary on the energy of the storm and how high in the atmosphere the storm is. >> that's very cool. i say they're wrong. that's really oz. >> do you see the yellow brick road? >> if you look closely. let's go to tom. he can tell us for sure.
>> we've all seen aurora's from the ground. that's the first time we've seen them from above. back down on the ground, we've got rain moving into the western and northern suburbs. coming down hard, this area of yellow and orange. there's moderate rain right near charlottesville. that's advancing towards madison and green counties in the next hour. closer to washington, just some sprinkles. coming down 270 in frederick, it's rather wet until you get near rockville, and then it ies out. farther from the west, coming in on 66, it's wet all the way to gainesville. across loudoun county, coming across 57, you're going to run into more rain this morning. in the metro area, should be arriving in perhaps washington another hour or two. right now we're in the low to mid-60s most areas. we'll have sunrise at 6:54. the lavender first light of day showing up. we'll have passing showers into early afternoon. highs in the mid-70s. and then more rain is possible mainly tomorrow afternoon and then again on thursday and friday and a bit milder both days. maybe even thunder and lightning
friday. over the weekend, saturday and sunday, partly sunny, only a small chance of a shower, highs near 80. danella, how's traffic? right now we have breaking news coming out of clinton, maryland. we have a downed utility wire. right now you can see crews are working to restore the wire and also restore power to some homes in clinton, maryland. this is on temple hills road at kirby road. this is right at the intersection there. you can see crews are working hard. i'm going to be tracking this all morning, all of your lanes are blocked. and it is going to slow you down just a bit. i'm also seeing an accident just happened. this is an i-66 east right at sudley road. it's in your left lane. just be aware of that as you're making your commute. big delays all the way to route 50 and inside the beltway on i-66. noi ba now back to you both. 6:23. it is 64 degrees. ♪
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deep cleansing micro-bead scrub goes to the source wiping out flakes before they flake. new selsun blue deep cleansing. breaking news this morpg. a downed power pole knocking out power. plus the end of don't ask, don't tell. the controversial policy officially history this morning. we want to make sure we capture him because we don't want nobody to get harld. >> football phony. a warning from an nfl quarterback about a scam targeting people in our area. good morning. welcome back to "news 4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. we're going to take a live look outside at 6:31. it's 64 degrees. pretty blue sky. tom is here with our traffic and
weather on the ones and some rain headed our way. here it comes. not your 19th nervous breakdown, but some more rain coming our way. don't get too nervous. it's not going to be anything like we had with irene thankfully. right now we are getting moderate showers in madison and green counties way southwest of washington. closer to washington in montgomery, loudoun, frederick counties, panhandle of west virginia, getting a little light rain. we should see that rain get into the metro area over the next hour or so. right now 65. 64 in washington. right near the bay, mid-60s. southern maryland most locations. low 60s. low 60s across most of the region. except getting that steadier rain upper 50s now. sunrise at 6:54. a gray day on the way with a passing shower. midafternoon in the 70s. the rain and a little sun breaking out by late afternoon. a look at your evening planner coming up in ten minutes. joe? >> thanks very much, tom.
breaking news out of prince george's county. a downed utility pole is blocking traffic. it's happening near temple hill road and kirby road in clinton. news 4's megan mcgrath is live on the scene. >> reporter: good morning, joe. we do have the street closed down. you can see the police officer blocking the traffic here on temple hills road at kirby road. the problem is a utility pole that was taken down by a dump truck early this morning, that brought down power lines. we had a situation earlier where those power lines were actually sparking for a time. also, we have a power outage to about 850 customers roughly in this area. crews are here on the scene. they are working on the situation. but they don't have it cleared up quite yet. the hope here is that they can get the electricity turned back on by about 8:00. we're going to have to wait and see on that. until they can get these wires out of the roadway. no traffic can go down temple hills road. so folks are having to turn around and weave through the neighborhood. we've seen a lot of folks trying to head out to work having to do exactly that. give yourself a little extra
time. if you travel through this area, it's going to be another hour or so until they get this mess cleaned up. with more on the traffic situation, we go now to danella. >> good morning. i think your best bet would be to take branch avenue because it runs parallel to temple hills road. i want to bring your attention to the outer loop of the beltway. here i have a three-vehicle crash just prior to colesville road. i'm seeing significant delays approaching this accident. i'll give you a live look. you can see the beltway is jammed at new hampshire avenue as you make your way towards the accident. a lot of delays this morning. give yourself extra time. traveling in virginia, i-66, still have this accident on your left at sudley road. you can see that multiple vehicles are involved, and there is police vehicles on the scene. now back to you both. >> thanks very much, danella. >> 6:34 now. we have breaks news. at least two people were killed and dozens wounded in a bomb explosion in turkey in the
capital city of ankara. a public official says the bomb exploded on a mini bus outside government offices. now gay and lesbians can openly serve in the united states military for the first time in history. the repeal occurred overnight. the military lifted its don't ask, don't tell policy at 12:01 this morning. gay rights activists gathered at town nightclub in northwest washington to count down to the end of the ban. meanwhile u.s. naval officer lieutenant gary ross and his partner dan suisham married at midnight. ross says he plans to have a full career in the u.s. navy. today president obama is in new york for a two-day meeting of the united nations general assembly. the meetings come just a day after the president called for a new tax plan to pay for his jobs bill. but the white house will now focus on issues in the middle east. the president is expected to praise the international cooperation that helped lead to the end of moammar gadhafi's rule in libya.
that will likely be overshadowed by a push by palestinian leaders to gain u.s. recognition as a state, something that could threat threaten israeli-palestinian peace talks. according to police a man claims to be eagles backup quarterback vince young. the real vince young filed a complaint in may saying the man was soliciting money with his name in d.c. and maryland. since then the imposter has con vi convinced several people to donate thousands of dollars they thought was going to vince young's charity he established in 2007. a local woman who met the imposter said she started investigating online after she was asked to donate. because of fear, she asked us not to use her name as well as to alter her voice. >> i went on the internet and googled images of vince young, and he did not look like him. he was heavier than the real vince young, and his face was different. >> he's been taking money,
taking pictures with little kids at hospitals. it's been real sick. >> young has also posted warnings about the man on his twitter account. head of security for the nfl players association says he is working with law enforcement officials to try to put a stop to these scams. this morning a bowie state student accused of killing her roommate is being held without bond. 19-year-old alexis simpson is accused of killing dominique frazier in their dorm room last thursday. the two were allegedly arguing over loud music. simpson's attorney told the court his client was the actual victim and was defending herself. but the prosecuting attorney quoted a recent message simpson posted on twitter that they say demonstrates her anger. in it she tweeted she should have, quote, stabbed his rear the other day. longtime critic and radio personal joe bar der has died. barber died of natural causes yesterday inside his northwest d.c. home at the age of 53. a native of washington, barber
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weather and traffic on the ones. right now around the region, a cloudy sky and moving color on radar. that's rain. it's advancing from the southwest and heading northeast and is approaching the metro area. right now getting light rain from fauquier county into prince william, loudoun, across the potomac into montgomery, howard, and frederick counties in maryland and points west and north. temperatures where the rain is
steadier. right now in the upper 50s. where we just have sprinkles. it's in the low 60s. where it's not raining, mid to upper 60s. now 64 at reagan national. here's capitol hill under a cloudy sky. sunrise in just a few minutes at 6:54. a few passing showers to perhaps early afternoon likely. and then late afternoon, we may get some sunshine back. highs mid-70s before then. then overnight tonight, partly cloudy. we'll be in the upper 60s by midnight. a look at the rest of the week and the weekend at 6:51. danella, how's traffic? a couple of accidents on the beltway. first one in maryland as you approach colesville road. significant delays start at new hampshire avenue. cars are at a complete stop and then going. it's a tricky ride this morning. lots of delays because of this accident. the next accident on the beltway, inner loop at route 7 in virginia. you can see delays as you head
oxon hill. tracee wilkins joins us with more on this investigation. good morning, tracee. >> reporter: good morning, eun. i just spoke with prince george's county police. they're awaiting ballistics tests on that gun. they're awaiting the medical examiner's findings. after all that is done, they're going to officially say what happened here. according to their preliminary investigations, it does appear this 2-year-old toddler shot himself. prince george's county police say they received a 911 call just before 8:00 p.m. reporting that a 2-year-old child had shot himself in the head. when they arrived to the riverside apartments here in oxon hill, they found the boy in the room with the gun. he was taken to the hospital. he was transported in critical condition but then died once reaching the hospital from his injuries. police say the child was not in the apartment alone. there was an adult present, but he was in the room with that gun
alone. this morning neighbors are waking up and reacting to the news. >> it's a tragedy, 2 years old. just started life. just really sad. shows you ought to be more careful, you know. this is a tragedy. >> reporter: that neighbor tells me that this family just moved in a few weeks ago, and he met them for the first time. he said there are a few generations of people who live inside that apartment. police still aren't sure exactly who was home at the time all of this happened, or at least they're not releasing that information to us at this time. the next phase of this investigation will include them figuring out who that gun belonged to, why it was in the house, and whether it was registered or not. they're also going to be looking into whether the adult who was in the home was negligent in this case. in oxon hill, i'm tracee wilkins. eun, back to you in the studio. >> a lot of questions in this very disturbing story. tracee, thanks so much. starbucks is facing a million dollar lawsuit after the alleged discovery of a hidden camera inside the store. it was noticed by a 5-year-old girl inside the bathroom at the
starbucks this spring. it allegedly happened at a busy starbucks at penn quarter at pennsylvania avenue and seventh avenue. a norfolk family stopped there after sightseeing. they say the camera was installed underneath a sink in the rest room and was pointed at the toilet. the child's family says the child is embarrassed and humiliating. they're now suing the coffee chain for invasion of privacy and negligence. >> my daughter used the rest room, and i used the rest room. and she was washing her hands and says to me, daddy, there's a camera. >> it really doesn't matter who installed it because a reasonable and timely inspection of their bathrooms, which obviously is not done, would have revealed the existence of this camera. >> starbucks says it takes customer safety seriously and is cooperating with police in the investigation. in just a few minutes the polls will open in prince
george's county. a special election takes place today to fill the seat vacated by councilwoman leslie johnson. johnson pled guilty in june for concealing evidence in the investigation of her husband, former county executive jack johnson. she could receive up to a year in prison at her stepsing next month. 16 candidates are on the ballot. the polls open at 7:00 a.m. already one council member is creating a stir by proposing a big increase in d.c. council's salaries. at large member vincent orange will propose a $45,000 hike in the salary. he's also proposing council members give up their second jobs and be limited to two consecutive terms. it's part of an effort to clean up the council's members. five members of the d.c. council are currently facing ethics questions. also on today's agenda, a vote to raise taxes on the district's wealthiest residents. according to "the washington post," council members will make a new top bracket for people with a taxable income of at
least $350,000 a year. the new top tax bracket would become 8.95%. today wall street hopes to shrug off a down day with a close eye on what's happening in europe. cnbc's courtney reagan is looking at the day ahead. courtney, good morning. >> good morning to you, eun. the markets are at least hoping to reverse the negative trend we saw in yesterday's trading session. futures are higher at this point. we've been gaining a little bit of momentum as the morning has been wearing on here. investigators, at least for now, appear to be shrugging off the latest news from europe, and that is the s&p is cutting italy's credit rating, citing slowing growth and the government's inability to deal with debt problems. it was debt worries in greece that hung over stocks on monday. the dow was down as much as 254 points, but reports that greece might be securing a new bailout helped trim those losses. housing starts this morning come out. and the fed is expected to
launch a new stimulus program. the dow fell to 11,401. the nasdaq watt off just 9 to 2612. at&t is launching an ad blitz in washington as it tries to convince regulators about the merits of its proposal. the move comes a day before at&t meets in court with the justice department, which has sued to block the deal on on antitrust grounds. back to you both. >> courtney reagan. thanks so much. have a great day. >> let's get another look at our forecast. tom is here in studio. you'll be glad you brought an umbrella with you because it may not be raining now -- oh, you didn't? uh-oh. weren't paying attention. if you are there at home about ready to leave, certainly grab the umbrella. right now this gray sky over washington not producing any rain right now in washington, where it's at 64 at reagan national. it is raining elsewhere. as we look at the radar in the
region, it is advancing southwest to northeast. now raining shenandoah valley, out of the mountains of western maryland and west virginia. there's one pocket of some moderate rain now that's just into culpepper county. that looks like it's taking sort of a track heading right toward the d.c. metro area perhaps over the next couple of hours before that arrives. we do have light sprinkles in howard, montgomery county, frederick counties in maryland. panhandle of west virginia has a little light rain there as does the shenandoah valley and much of loudoun county and fauquier and prince william down toward rappahanno rappahannock. it's just light rain now. it may pick up in intensity the last hour or so. the last few mornings we're in the 60s all around the region from montgomery and fairfax as well as the district of columbia and right by the bay. sunrise is about two minutes away. we'll have our temperatures hold steady through the 60s midmorning and a passing shower is likely. by noontime, it should be begin to taper off and then ending
this afternoon. may get a little sunshine by late afternoon and early this evening. highs mid-70s today and the 60s by late evening and partly cloudy. then tomorrow and into thursday and friday chance of showers. maybe some thunder and lightning on friday. a small chance of showers over the weekend. highs around 80. now, danella, how's traffic? we have a couple of problems on the beltway. first i'd like to tell you the earlier accident at colesville road is clear. we are still seeing delays. you're jammed from route 1, making your way on the outer loop of the beltway towards colesville road. when you get further down heading towards the mormon temple, this happens. we have a downed free blocking two of your right lanes. it is causing you some significant delays as you make your way on the outer loop of the beltway. you can see cars are merging over towards the left to avoid the tree. crews are working to get the tree out of the roadway. i still have an issue inner loop
of the beltway in virginia at route 7, that ramp is closed due to the accident there. we have a lot of delays in your area. got to show you the 14th street bridge right now. very slow. your delays actually start all the way back at edsall. now back to you both. >> all right. thanks, danella. >> thank you, danella. the problems continue, breaking news out of prince george's county. a downed utility pole is causing problems near temple hill road and kirby road in clinton. news 4's megan mcgrath is covering that story. good morning, megan. >> reporter: good morning. yeah, there's a situation with a downed utility pole that brought down some wires, and actually for a time they were sparking. they're across the roadway. a little bit of a dangerous situation here. what they've done is blocked off traffic here on temple hills road at kirbied roo. you're not going to be able to travel down temple hills road. you're going to have to weave through the neighborhood to get where you want to go this morning. they're trying to restore the power out of the roadway here. there are about 850 customers in the area that are now without electricity. the ballpark estimate they have
about 8:00 a.m. for trying to get everybody back online. we're going to have to wait and see whether or not they're able to do that. if you travel through this area, keep in mind you're not going to be able to go straight through on temple hills road. they're going to detour you at kirby. we do have crews here on the scene. they're working on the situation, but it's not cleaned up, not quite yet. back to you all in the studio. >> megan mcgrath reporting live. thanks very much. we have breaking news out of northwest washington, where police are investigating a stabbing. at least two people have been stabbed in the 1100 block of massachusetts avenue. no word on how badly they're injured or what led up to the incident. we do have a news crew on the scene. stay tuned throughout the morning for more updates. and our time right now is 6:56. here's some of the other top stories we're following this morning. a group of american religious leaders say the release of two american hikers from iran is imminent. however, one of the judges needed to free the men did not show up in court this morning. today president obama is in new york for a two-day meeting of the united nations general assembly. one of the biggest issues on the
table is palestinian authority's big to be recognized by the u.n. as a state. gays and lesbians can now openly enlist and serve in the u.s. military for the first time in history. the military lifted its don't ask, don't tell policy at 12:01 this morning. and a new report shows that crime on the metro system is declining. one of the biggest increases has been in thefts from vehicles. and that is "news 4 today." thank you for starting your day with us. >> the "today" show is next. stay connected with us